William Friend

William L. Friend retired at the end of 1998 as Executive Vice President and Director of Bechtel Group Inc. after a 41-year distinguished career in international Engineering and Construction. His Bechtel Executive Sponsorships included the Sectors of Environmental and Nuclear, Petroleum and Chemical, Mining and Metals and Research and Development. Geographically he sponsored Canada, Latin America and the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Bechtel, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of J.F. Pritchard of Kansas City, Missouri and as a Regional Manager for the Lummus Company of New York in International Operations. Dr. Friend is currently Treasurer of the National Academy of Engineering having completed his term as Chairman of the University of California’s President’s Council on the National Laboratories – encompassing the Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Berkeley Laboratories in June 2007. He also continues to serve as a Director of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington DC. A New York City native, he graduated summa cum laude in chemical engineering from Polytechnic University in 1956 and received an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1958. Mr. Friend is the Treasurer and Member of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of the National Research Council. He is a long term Member of the Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering at Delaware and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He served on NAE’s Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce and is a former Chairman of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), the Institute of the Americas and the Western Regional Council (WRC). Mr. Friend has been a Trustee of Polytechnic University since 1986 and is Chairman of the Board’s Committee on Trustees. In 2005, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa, at Polytechnic’s Sesquicentennial Convocation. He and his wife, Mary Kay, live in McLean, Virginia.

Polytechnic University1956

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

University of Delaware

Master of Science, Chemical Engineering

Polytechnic University2005

Honorary Degree,